“health benefits of massage”

This is a personal column about the human body and function and is not a medical advice article.  

Is massage laxury?

Some massages can be laxury, but there are lots of health benefits to massage that go well beyond a day at the spa.  Personally, my massage space is made out very simple.  There are only a massage table, a towel warmer, some basalt stones, suction cups, massage oil, and myself.  It is simlpy designed for individuals who are coming with various reasons such as relaxation, prevention of injuries, and better performance in sports or at work.

What does regular massage therapy do to your body? 

boosts immune system

Massage helps in building protective cells in the body to neutralize attackers like cancer and viral infections.

anxiety relief

Massage sessions can play an important role in reducing anxiety.  People who currently have PTSD and depression can have benefits from regular massage therapy.  Massage therapists do their best to create a safe space for you.

promotes good quality of sleep 

A massage session after a long hectic day is sufficient to eliminate the exhaustion in your body and promotes a good night's sleep and rejuvenate your body.

cardiovascular system health

Massage is capable of returning your heart to its normal functional levels so that there are no threats to your life due to a malfunctioning cardiovascular system.

nervous system health

Have you noticed tears coming out, or your stomach making noise during a massage?  These are signs that your body is now fully relaxed.  During a massage, parasympathetic nervous system becomes dominant, and it helps nervous systems to function normally.

pain reduction

The application of massage is recommended by physicians and surgeons to their patients suffering from pain.  Migraines and lower back pain are also commonly treated by massage.

posture improvement

Regular massage therapy keeps muscles loose and relaxed, giving joints greater freedome to move.  Relaxed, pain free muscles allow your body to position themselves in a more natural, correct posture.

healthy skin

Regular massage therapy can result in an impressive glow on your skin.  This is one of the most effective approaches to take a proper care of your skin.

Do you currently have a medical treatment? 

Your safety is important.  If you currently have a medical treatment, we need a document of approval from your doctor.  Sharing the medical history such as surgeries, injuries, chronic pains, illnesses, or allergies with your massage therapist is also important for better understanding of your body.

emotional block and physical pain

Finally, physical pain can lead to an emotional block which is not expressed through emotion.  Not all pains can be explained by anatomy.  Pain such as migranes, stomach aches, chest pain, sciatica, neck pain, and lower back pain sometimes are responses from our emotional difficulties.  No rush to find a cause of the pain.  Give yourself time to process naturally.

Emi Hata, CMT

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